Fayette County Public Schools has announced the name for the new Elementary School near Hamburg. What have they decided? Is it someone significant in the Lexington community? Was it a close vote?

elementary school: construction site of a school
Photo courtesy of Athens-Boonesboro Elementary Location social media

EOP Architects, who designed the new elementary school, announced that the school will be named Brenda Cowan Elementary School. Brenda was the first black female firefighter in Lexington who was tragically killed responding to a call in 2004. It was a unanimous vote to name the school after Cowan because she broke barriers in Lexington, paving the way for women in male dominated industries.

A facebook page was created advocating for the new school to be named after Cowan; which included former mayor Teresa Isaac.

There were 132 different names sent in by the community, but they were narrowed down to just four that the naming committee was able to vote from. They were: Cross Plains Elementary, J. Childress Elementary, Jean Ritchie Elementary, and Brenda Cowan. Here are a couple other suggestions people of the community advocated for.

The school will become the largest elementary school in Fayette County and is set to open in the fall of 2019.

rendering of the new elementary school


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